S. Somasegar

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S. Somasegar
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Residence Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Managing Director at Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group
Website Corporate Bio, Twitter

S. “Soma” Somasegar is an Indian American technology business executive in the Greater Seattle Area. He is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, a venture capital firm based in Seattle.[1] Somasegar joined Madrona in November 2015 after a 27-year career at Microsoft, where he most recently was corporate vice president of the developer division and overseeing the global distributed R&D centers at Microsoft.[2]

Early life[edit]

Somasegar was born on August 1966 and grew up in Pondicherry, India with his parents and a sibling.[3]

Somasegar attended Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School in Pondicherry. In 1986 he received a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Guindy Engineering College, Anna University in Chennai, India. Soma then moved to the US where he received a master's degree in Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1988. He was working toward a PhD in Computer Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo when he joined Microsoft in January 1989.[3][4][5][6]

Somasegar later received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Anna University (November 2006).[7] He was also presented with the Asian American Engineer of the Year Award (February 2008).[8]

Career[edit]

Microsoft[edit]

Somasegar joined Microsoft Corporation in January 1989 as a software design engineer and had a career spanning almost 27 years as he rose through the ranks to be a senior vice president.[9]

Somasegar joined the Operating System group at Microsoft, working on OS/2, the early versions of NT and Windows – in all eight different releases of the Windows family of product.[9]

As the leader of developer division, Somasegar was responsible for engineering, marketing and evangelizing developer tools and services, programming languages and runtimes designed for a broad base of software developers and development teams, including the Visual Studio family of products, .NET Framework, and Team Foundation Server. His team was also responsible for MSDN and TechNet online properties to enable a deep connection with the developer and IT professional audiences.[10] In addition, Somasegar was the founder of Microsoft's India R&D efforts, and the executive sponsor for Microsoft's global development centers including the R&D efforts in China, India and Israel.[9]

Under Somasegar's leadership, the Microsoft Developer Division, which supports over six million .NET developers worldwide, expanded its mission to deliver developer tools and services for mobile development and cloud development across a variety of platforms and programming technologies through the Visual Studio and .NET family of products.[9]

Madrona Venture Group[edit]

Somasegar joined Madrona Venture Group in November 2015,[11] a venture capital firm based in Seattle, investing primarily in early-stage Pacific Northwest technology companies.

As a managing director at Madrona, Somasegar focuses on investment areas including machine learning/artificial intelligence, multi-sense user interfaces, next generation cloud infrastructure and intelligent applications.[12] Somasegar has authored several articles outlining Madrona's perspective on how these technologies will evolve.[13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Somasegar lives in the Seattle area with his wife Akila, and their two daughters.[16]

Somasegar has been an active angel and seed investor both in the U.S. and globally. With investments spanning across both enterprise and consumer segments, Somasegar has focused on early stage investments across a wide range of technology areas.[2] This is what led him to become a venture capitalist in the second phase of his career.

An area of passion and focus for Soma is empowering and educating girls around the world. Somasegar and his wife, having two daughters themselves, believe in the great opportunity that exists globally in supporting women’s education and empowerment initiatives.[12]

In his spare time, Somasegar enjoys traveling the world, and occasionally playing a round of racquetball on the weekends.[12]

References[edit]

[11]

  1. ^ "Madrona Venture Group Names S. Somasegar Managing Director". VentureBeat. January 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "S. Somasegar Joins Madrona Venture Group as Venture Partner". VentureBeat. November 18, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Josey Puliyenthuruthel (April 19, 2008). "S. Somasegar: Breathing easy in the fast lane". LiveMint.com. HT Media.
  4. ^ "Dr. S. Somasegar is a technology guru at Microsoft". Diversity/Careers. June–July 2008.
  5. ^ "S. Somasegar". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "Interview with S Somasegar, Corporate VP, Microsoft Corp". November 9, 2006.
  7. ^ "Honorary Doctorate Speechless!". The Smart Techie. December 2006.
  8. ^ "2008 Engineers Week: Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards". Chinese Institute of Engineers – USA. January 7, 2008.
  9. ^ a b c d "Microsoft Corporate Bio". June 8, 2010.
  10. ^ Darryl K. Taft (2005-01-31). "The Importance of Microsoft Being Transparent". eWeek.
  11. ^ a b Ex-Microsoft exec Soma Somasegar now at Madrona "SeattleTimes" 18 Nov 2015
  12. ^ a b c "Madrona Venture Group Bio".
  13. ^ "The intelligent app ecosystem (is more than just bots!)". TechCrunch. May 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "Every company is a technology company, but most don't behave like one". TechCrunch. November 29, 2016.
  15. ^ "Technology trends changing the world as we look ahead (slideshow)". TechCrunch. January 1, 2017.
  16. ^ Stephen Ibaraki (June 9, 2006). "Interview with Microsoft's S. "Soma" Somasegar". InformIT.

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